Definition - What does Detinue mean?

This refers to a form of action that is more commonly used in old common law. Detinue is an action that is used to recover property from a person who is not ready to let it go.

Detinue is also used for the collection of damages for losses incurred due to wrongful detention.

Justipedia explains Detinue

Detinue is probably one of the oldest actions in common law.

One example where it can be used is when a person refuses to turn over a deed for which the property is to be transferred to the proper heir.

Another example is when a person refuses to return the goods kept with him or her as bailment.

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